John Lowal, a resident of Kangole, says that their cattle are only secure in the protected kraals and the community is scared of releasing oxen for ploughing for fear of falling victims to rustlers. Lowal says that the raiders have a tendency of ambushing communities while they are in their gardens and take away their animals.
Micheal Longole, the Mt. Moroto Region Police Spokesperson, says that they picked up the suspects in tactical operations in Matany trading center. He identifies the suspects as Moses Lokol and Micheal Lomonyang, both residents of Kayapas village in Lokopo sub-county, Napak district.
John Paul Kodet, the Napak district LC V Chairperson, says that while there are plans to protect Teso, the government should consider protecting Napak residents as well because they are unarmed and victims of cattle raids.
The affected community is the Bokora from Napak, who have been grazing their animals in the areas of Teso. But amidst raids by the Karamojong rustlers which forced a score of people in Kabelebyong district to flee their homes, the pastoralists have been forced to evacuate Teso, pushing them back to the drylands in Napak district.
Paul Lokol, the LC 5 chairperson of Nabilatuk district told URN on the phone that the security situation in Nabwal is getting out of hand and has forced several families to flee their homes in order to save lives.
Micheal Longole, the Karamoja regional police Spokesperson confirmed the exchange saying the warriors were heading for a raiding mission in Lokopo. “As they were entering to drive animals out of the Kraal, our troops were prepared properly and engaged them," he said.
The hospital, located in Matany Town Council, Napak district was built 50 years ago at the request of the Comboni missionaries. It has since become the de facto regional referral facility for the population of Karamoja, an extremely remote region, with very poor health indicators. It also serves the neighbouring districts of Teso and West Kenya.
It's not the first time that this woman has done this to her children according to neighbours, and a similar offense was witnessed when she broke the leg of her elder boy identified as Joseph Losike who is now about 8 years old.
Sgt. Joyce Alioro reportedly released a prime suspect irregularly on Saturday after a burglary and theft offence at Kapuat Primary School in Napak district where thieves stole 58 mattresses and other property kept by the pupils at the school when schools closed for due to covid-19 pandemic.
The Catholic founded not-for-profit health facility charges 50,000 Shillings for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. It also charges a flat rate of 10,000 Shillings for any ailment and 5,000 Shillings for treating children.
Michael Longole, the Police Spokesperson for Mt. Moroto says their investigations into the case are complete. He however says that the suspects cannot be remanded on charges of murder due to suspension of court operations over covid 19 pandemic.
Apanaluk died leaving behind 54 wives, 187 children, 116 grandchildren and more than 2,000 head of cattle. The incident has created a rift between the Bokora (people Napak district) and the Pian (people of Nabilatuk and Nakapiripirit) as the former want to revenge the killing of their elder and son.
Among the six killed in the past two weeks is Benjamin Lomongin, a parish chief of Nabwal in Iri- Iri Sub County who was shot dead when muggers attacked his home on January 30. The community now faults the police and the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF for failing to provide security to the communities.
The rise in number of new voters in Napak has been attributed to the increase in civic education in the area that caught the attention of the youth to engage in peaceful politics rather than the politics of protests.
With funding from USAID, NaSARRI has introduced six new varieties of sorghum, millet and green grams, their yields have impressed residents in Napak District. This, according to experts, will reduce hunger crisis in the region that is heavily dependent on food aid from World Food Programme.